The consequences of diseases involving the immune system such as AIDS, and chronic inflammatory diseases such as bronchial-asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis, now account for a considerable economic burden to governments worldwide. In response there has been an enormous research effort investigating the basic mechanisms underlying such diseases, and a tremendous drive to identify novel therapeutic applications for their prevention and treatment. Though a plethora of immunological studies have been published in recent years, little has been written about the implications of such research for drugs development. As a consequence, this area has not gained the prominence of other fields such as molecular pharmacology or neuropharmacology, and a focul information source for the many pharmacologists interested in diseases of the immune system remains unpublished. The Handbook of Immunopharmacology series provides such a source through the commissioning of a comprehensive collection of volumes on all aspects of immunopharmacology. Editors have been sought after for each volume who are not only active in their respective areas of expertise, but who also have a distinctly pharmacological bias to their research. The series follows three main themes, each represented by volumes on individual component topics. The first covers each of the major cell types and classes of inflammatory mediators ("cells and mediators"). The second covers each of the major organ systems and the diseases involving the immune and inflammatory responses that can effect them ("systems"). The third covers different classes of drugs currently used to treat these diseases as well as those under development ("drugs"). This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the adhsion molecules, processes and concepts that govern both inflammatory and infectious diseases, and also deals in detail with the specific


Research-level pharmacologists and as a reference for those involved in degree-level teaching in this field. A Publication of Academic Press U.K.

Table of Contents

Cell Adhesion Molecules: R. Rothlein and L.L. Scharschmidt, Leukocyte Adhesion in Inflammation: From Discovery to the Clinic. S.C. Meuer, Accessory Receptors: Regulators of the Immune Response. S.B. Shappelland C.W. Smith, Acute Inflammatory Response: Granulocyte Migration and Activation. S.M. Albelda, Role of Cell Adhesion Molecules in Tumor Progression and Metastasis. Regulation and Specificity: T. Schweighoffer and S. Shaw, Conceptsin Adhesion Regulation. J.B Lowe, Specificity and Expression of Carbohydrate Ligands. Role in Disease: N. Oppenheimer-Marks and P.E. Lipsky, The Role of Cell Adhesion in the Evolution of Inflammatory Arthritis. R.J. Korthuis and D.N.Granger, Pathogenesis of Ischemia/Reperfusion: Role of Neutrophil-Endothelial Cell Adhesion. C.D. Wegner, Lung Inflammation. L.W. Argenbright and T.C. Noonan, Leukocyte-Endothelial Adhesion Molecules In Vivo: Role in Physiological Functions and Pathophysiological Vasculidities. Role in Infection: T.L. Lentz, Molecular Interaction of Viruses with Host Cell Receptors. S.N. Abraham, Bacterial Adhesions C.F. Ockenhouse, Cell Adhesion Molecules in Host-Parasite Interactions.


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@qu:"This volume not only provides a good source of reference for basic and clinical scientists in the field, but should also be comprehensible and useful for clinicians keen to understand the interest that adhesion molecules have generated and to have a vision of their therapeutic potential. Compared to the price of other similar volumes it is a good value..." @source:--RHEUMATOLOGY IN EUROPE